Plymouth Whitemarsh High School senior Abigail Thomas plans to swim at the United States Merchant Marine Academy on Long Island. The Merchant Marine Academy is one the nation’s five federal academies. Nominated by a congressman, Thomas is one of approximately 280 appointees selected to attend the Academy from over 1,800 worldwide applicants. She plans to major in Marine Transportation and Logistics at the academy.
Thomas was a four-year varsity swimmer for the Colonials. She qualified for the District 1 Championships all four years and holds the school’s fourth fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle and third fastest in the 200-yard freestyle. She was named Third Team All-Suburban One League American Conference (SOLAC) in the 200 freestyle and received Honorable Mention in 500 freestyle.
She earned Third-Team All-SOLAC honors in the 200 freestyle as a junior. That year she was also a member of the PWHS girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay team that broke the school record. Thomas was named the Colonials girls’ Rookie-of-the-Year in 2016.
A Distinguished Honor Roll Student, Thomas is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council, the Class of 2019 Steering Committee and the Jewish Student Union.
Photo: Colonial School District. Seated (l to r): Paul Thomas, Abigail Thomas